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The Tucson Comic-Con

November 13, 2012

About 5 or more years ago, we attended one of the first Tucson Comic-Cons — held in a local comic book store (Heroes and Villans). Met the artists, got some free comics. Fast-forward to a week ago yesterday, we again went to the Tucson Comic-Con — this time it was in the Tucson Convention Center. And it was fun, indeed. Lots of comics I’ve never heard of — no surprise there, as my comic tastes are pretty old school. Some of these artists (who were manning their own tables) are spectacularly talented, some others — not so much, but they have unique ideas for story lines, so there’s that. Lots of curios, gadgets and geegaws (as my grandmother would have said) for sale: light sabers, steam punk accoutrements (ray-guns, gas masks and goggles) original paintings and sketches, jewelry, lunch boxes, indie books, t-shirts (including a Darth Vader silhouette with Mickey Mouse ears).

Also, we enjoyed the sci-fi movies and tv shows in evidence: Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, Doctor  Who, etc. etc. etc. Speaking of Doctor Who, here’s a local Dalek rumbling around the Comic-Con:

The coolest part of the whole scene were the folks dressed up in their various cosplay attire. There were fairies and elves (not the slutty kind), lots o’ Star Wars denizens, a father-son zombie thing, and delightful steam punkers. Here’s my favorite couple:

Don’t know who they are — she reminded me a bit of Drusilla from BtVS — but he — don’t know who/what he is, but I loved it.

So glad to see the Tucson Comic-Con has grown up — hope it gets bigger every year.

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Alexis de Tocqueville: 3 Quotes & 2 Bumpers

November 7, 2012

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

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“Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”

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“A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.”

Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). — Wikipedia, for those who don’t already know.

Welcome to the United States of Zombieland, Alexis. Two Bumpies for you:

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Music for Halloween, Classic and Otherwise

October 24, 2011

Here are are my top thirteen Halloween music faves. Okay, they’re not all Halloween-specific, but they fit the mood of the holiday. If you expected a “classic” song that’s not there, keep in mind just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s a classic — or even that good  (sorry, “Monster Mash,” “Purple People Eater,” and theme songs from both The Munsters and Addams Family — all good and fine, if you’re seven years old).

In alphabetical order:

Ballad for Dead Friends (Dashboard Prophets)
Blue (Angie Hart)
Burn the Pain (Trip Cyclone, Shivers 2: Harvest of Souls)
Cry Little Sister (G Tom Mac; True Blood version)
Desperado (Alice Cooper)
Halloween (Dream Syndicate)
Idiot Prayer (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)
Pet Sematary (The Ramones)
Rest in Peace (Spike, Once More with Feeling OST)
The Wrong Side (Abney Park)
Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show OST)
Transylvanian Concubine (Rasputina)
Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfeld)

Six songs that scared me as a child (that I’ve since grown to love):

D.O.A.* (Bloodrock)
House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
I Am the Walrus (The Beatles)
Sick Things (Alice Cooper)
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
White Room (Cream)

Zombies + Beatles = I Wanna Eat Your Brain

Surprisingly, “Sympathy for the Devil” (Rolling Stones) didn’t bother me. Go figure. Maybe even as a kid, I didn’t buy their “ooh we’re dabbling with demonic stuff here” schtick.

*Except for this song. Who the hell thought it was a good idea to release this for radio play (circa 1971)?  Frightened me more than anything I’ve ever heard.  Ever.  Still creeps me out. Do not look this song up; it will give you nightmares.

Six old-school faves*:

Danse macabre (Camille Saint-Saens)
Funeral March of a Marionette (Charles-Francois Gounod)
Hungarian Rhapsodies, No. 2 in D minor (Franz Liszt)
In the Hall of the Mountain King (Edvard Grieg)
Teddy Bear’s Picnic (Henry Hall)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor (Johann Sebastian Bach)

*Gee, waddya know, the majority of these I first heard in old Warner Brothers cartoons. And then there’s Raymond Scott’s “Powerhouse” — which isn’t spooky, but is industrial-assemby-line-unstoppable-machine awesome.

Hope you find something above you will enjoy. Happy Haunting!

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Signs from the Heart (Land)

July 16, 2010

Fresh off the road from our excursion into America’s HeartLand.  Landscapes so lush and green! At least to my desert eye. Mucho amusing signage along the way, as well.  Here are some highway signs that caught my eye.

Can’t even begin to comment on this one, without being rude:

Speaking of stupid, we saw double-decker billboards from Oklahoma through Missouri and Iowa — not a pretty trend. I did like this one though:

Like Carlsbad Caverns, you start seeing signs for this attraction miles before you get close to it:

And now I’m sad:

You see something like that, and all you can say is, “Wow. just wow.” But I saved my favoritest highway signage for last:
Excellent advice, I’d say.

Now a bit of appropriate poetry, I think, for roadtripping — an excerpt from mah 3 part poem, In Dreams of Luggage:

the poet carries his own bag
packed with lumber,
lawsuits and untuned lyres

his vocabulary shimmies his thoughts
abandoned in the topy-turviest of tango dancing:
peacocks, pearls and pears

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Graceful, Amusing, Unsettling

June 13, 2010

A gourd vine clinging and climbing up the wall; the unintentional hilarity of kids’ art at the local library branch; an afternoon visit from the watermelon man — all things graceful, amusing, unsettling.

This fellow has been wandering around our wall; baby gourds are finally beginning to sprout. There’s definitely a beautiful slow dance going on here, as with all vines.

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Kids’ art in the meeting room of our local library branch: zombie cowboys. Not so, you say? More like cowboy witches? Oh, as if.

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These zombie/cowboy/witches inspired my horrorku (an actual genre — I did not make it up):

open field of wildflowers
zombies thrash and flail
famished buzzard blinks

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Afternoon visit from the Watermelon Man. He comes, he sits, we chat. Then he eats his own head. Zombie!

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MMMmmmm. Sweet juicy red stuff! I’ve almost finished reading Dawn of the Dreadfuls. It’s very funny, and sometimes gruesome, a combination I find deeeelightful. Hope they make a movie out of it.

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Blustery, Wet Weather Puts One in Such a Mood

April 24, 2010

Having read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I was very pleased to come across the book trailer for its prequel: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, by Steve Hockensmith. Check it out, check it outers. Inspired me to make this quaint little piece, featured below: Samurai Zombie Killer, with a horrorku following.

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shambling footsteps
soft moan winter shadows don’t
go to sleep

(originally appeared in Scifaikuest, February 2009)

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And here’s something nice, so you won’t have nightmares on my account:

Haha. Fooled you.